February 19, 2017 · 2 Comments
PRINCETON, IL. (ECWd) –
The Princeton Park District, in the recent past, had finally determined, after considerable public questioning, to make families of Park Commissioners pay for their own memberships – they had been receiving free memberships (in violation of state law), read the notices sent to spouses below. This park district board also wrote a new Ordinance gifting free memberships and fee waivers to themselves (mighty nice of them to gives themselves free stuff on your dime).
The Park District Code prohibits compensation to commissioners (and by extension their families), but that doesn’t stop most Park Districts in Illinois, the Princeton Park District being no different.
In some twisted way of getting around the “compensation” to commissioners by way of free memberships and fee waivers, this park district is claiming it is a necessary part of a commissioner’s duty to participate in the programs and services and receive direct feedback from residents who do participate.
Nothing in the Park District Code allows Commissioners to perform the “duties” claimed in the Ordinance passed in August of 2015 – they are twisting things for their own benefit and it needs to stop. To think otherwise is absurd.
Just for fun, let’s apply this park district’s thought process to other examples:
Do you see how ridiculous this is yet? I guess we can expect the General Assembly to pass a new law to make all this illegal reaping of benefits legal as that is the pattern of practice when bad actors are exposed in this state.
We think you can get the point that the legislature intended park district commissioners to act without compensation of any kind and any receipt of compensation (or perks) goes against the stated intent of the Park District Code…for now.
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